House panel approves Rep. Barrett’s employee beer and wine sampling bill

Employees of beer and wine wholesalers would be able to sample products for educational purposes under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville. The bill, part of a broader bipartisan effort to update and streamline licensing of wholesalers, was approved today by the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee. Barrett’s bill would allow…

Rep. Barrett public safety legislation signed into law

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, which makes it a felony punishable by up to five years incarceration and a $10,000 fine to point a directed energy device at planes or trains, was signed into law on Tuesday. “When you consider pilots and train operators can be temporarily blinded, along with navigation systems being…

Rep. Barrett bill to protect pilots, train conductors sent to governor

The state House of Representatives approved legislation by state Reps. Tom Barrett of Potterville and Laura Cox of Livonia today, advancing two bills which add protection for aircraft and trains in the state of Michigan. The legislation criminalizes pointing a beam of directed energy, such as a laser, at or in the path of an…

Michigan House approves Rep. Barrett’s legislation to benefit charitable gaming

The Michigan House today voted to make it easier for charities to raise money through gaming, approving legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville with overwhelming bipartisan support. The plan to ease restrictions on charitable gaming is crucial to fundraising by Lions clubs, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, veterans groups, schools and many other…

House approves bill updating insurance education standards

Legislation by state Rep. Tom Barrett, which updates continuing education standards for insurance agents, was approved by the state House on Wednesday. Current state law requires agents to complete 24 hours of professional development courses over a two-year span to ensure proper customer service practices and changing industry trends. Barrett’s legislation would allow up to…

Rep. Barrett supports more class, career choice for students

A Merit Curriculum bill package was recently approved by the state House of Representatives, giving students and their families added options toward graduation and post-high school career preparation. “This legislation gives more control to students while also helping our state gain more professionals in skilled trades and information technology,” said Rep. Tom Barrett, who is…

Rep. Barrett’s bill to boost charitable gaming approved by House committee

A Michigan House committee today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville to make it easier for charities across Michigan to raise money through charitable gaming. Barrett sponsors the legislation along with Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge. “This is a critical issue,” Barrett said after the bills were approved by the House…

Rep. Barrett continues push to help charities raise more money through gaming

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville today continued his effort to make it easier for charities across Michigan to raise money through charitable gaming. Barrett testified today in front of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, making the case for legislation he sponsors along with Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge. Supportive charities testifying today included…

Rep. Barrett hopeful for future of income tax rollback

State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, issued the following statement after the early-morning vote on House Bill 4001 to reduce the state income tax in Michigan: “This legislation made good on a promise made by the state in 2007, a promise that I feel it’s very important that we keep. Additionally, this bill would have…

Rep. Barrett will chair House Agriculture Committee

State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, has been appointed to serve as chair of the Michigan House Agriculture Commitee. “Agriculture is the second leading industry in our state and is critically important to my district in the mid-Michigan area,” Barrett said. “I’m excited to work with Michigan’s agricultural leaders to build upon the success that…

Reps. Cox, Barrett introduce aircraft safety legislation

State Reps. Laura Cox, of Livonia, and Tom Barrett, of Potterville, have introduced a package of bills that will prohibit an individual from pointing a laser directly at, or in the path of, an aircraft. “This is a public safety issue,” said Rep. Cox. “A laser pointer beam width at altitude is much larger and…

Rep. Barrett invites his father for governor’s State of the State speech

Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, attends the governor’s State of the State speech with his father, Patrick on Tuesday.  They listened as the governor laid out his blueprint for the coming year. ### Rep. Barrett serves the people of Eaton County including the cities of Charlotte, Olivet, Potterville, Grand Ledge, parts of Lansing, as well as…